HappeningHoops.com CBI/CIT Bracketology Number 9 February 24th 2020

By: Ethan Hennessy

Hello everyone! Less than three weeks till Selection Sunday! If you are unfamiliar with my work I predict the fields of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), and the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). They may not be the NCAA Tournament, or even the NIT, but there is still high quality basketball being played in these postseason tournaments in March and April.
My background: I am a senior at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana originally from Columbia Maryland. In addition being a crusader fan I have been a lifelong Loyola MD fan. This is my third year being the lead national bracketologist for these tournaments. Last year I had a 93% accuracy rate correctly predicting 39 of the 42 teams in both fields. From press row I also covered all five home games of DePaul’s run to Game 3 of the CBI finals watching the South Florida Bulls claim the 2019 CBI Title. I attended Loyola MD’s 2013 CIT second round win over Kent State, and the greyhounds 2017 CBI first round win over George Mason.
This year I am organizing teams by regions. For the CIT I just grouped teams by geographic area. This does not indicate who I anticipate teams will be playing; I just decided to do it this way so that fans could easily find if their team is projected in the field by just going to the geographic region instead of searching through the entire list of teams. For the CBI I decided to group teams in four team “regions”. The CBI does this for the first and second rounds before re-seeding the bracket for the semifinals and finals. Out of the 16 teams I project in the field I chose the teams that I believe the CBI would be most likely to have host game in the first two rounds (assuming said team would win their first round game). The tournament generally likes to keep these four pools grouped based on geography, but sometimes that does not happen because of which teams have a preference for hosting or traveling, team record, and the overall makeup of the 16 team field. Therefore, I try to group teams into four regions (East, Midwest, South, and West), but all of this has to be factored in, and just like the NCAA tournament could result in a team getting sent out of the region they reside in. The order in which the four teams appear in each region are not best to worst team it is who I think would be most likely to host top to bottom.
*As always I do not rank teams that are first or tied for first in their conference because if the season ended today they would be going to the NCAA Tournament or NIT. (With the exception of teams in transition to division one who are ineligible for the NCAA or NIT such as Cal Baptist, Merrimack, and North Alabama.)

CBI (16 teams)

Davidson Region (East)

  • Davidson (14-12 A-10)
  • Buffalo (18-9 MAC)
  • App State (16-13 Sun Belt)
  • Saint Francis PA (19-8 NEC)

California Baptist Region (Midwest)

  • California Baptist (19-8 WAC)
  • SIU (16-13 MVC)
  • Stony Brook (18-10 America East)
  • Eastern Washington (19-8 Big Sky)

Oklahoma State Region (South)

  • Oklahoma State (14-14 Big 12)
  • South Dakota (19-11 Summit)
  • Kansas City (14-14 WAC)
  • Youngstown State (16-13 Horizon)

Washington State Region (West)

  • Washington State (14-14 Pac 12)
  • Northern Colorado (19-8 Big Sky)
  • Tennessee State (16-13 OVC)
  • NC Central (14-13 MEAC)


CIT (26 teams last season)


  • Loyola MD (15-14 Patriot)
  • Army (14-13 Patriot)
  • Boston (17-12 Patriot)
  • Sacred Heart (17-12 NEC)
  • Merrimack (19-11 NEC)
  • Morgan State (15-14 MEAC)
  • Monmouth (16-11 MAAC)
  • Brown (13-10 Ivy)
  • UMBC (14-14 America East)


  • Omaha (15-14 Summit)
  • North Dakota State (20-8 Summit)
  • Indiana State (16-11 MVC)
  • Valpo (15-14 MVC)
  • NIU (16-11 MAC)


  • Arkansas State (15-14 Sun Belt)
  • South Alabama (18-11 Sun Belt)
  • Grambling State (14-13 SWAC)
  • Abilene Christian (17-10 Southland)
  • Sam Houston State (18-10 Southland)
  • Western Carolina (17-10 SoCon)
  • FIU (17-10 CUSA)
  • Stetson (15-14 ASUN)


  • Seattle (14-14 WAC)
  • Pepperdine (15-14 WCC)
  • UC Riverside (15-14 Big West)
  • Southern Utah (14-13 Big Sky)


If you are a coach, AD, player, manager, broadcaster, SID etc. associated with a program, and would like to let me know if your team is participating or interested in one of these tournaments (or not participating) email me at: HappeningHoops@gmail.com or DM me on Twitter @HappeningHoops 
Receiving information from programs helps me be more accurate in my predictions which can also in turn help teams by getting a better idea of what the fields will be and possible teams they could face in the tournaments.

CBI_CIT Cover Templatefeb24th

The featured teams on this week’s bracketology are: Davidson, South Dakota, UMBC, and Pepperdine.


1 Comment

  1. Andy Graber says:

    Cool stuff!
    Any thoughts on Oral Roberts for the CIT?


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